Lalu Prasad Yadav under Income Tax watch - Benami land deals

Trevor Jackson
May 17, 2017

Officials said raids were carried out on the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and some others early in the day.

The RJD chief remained confined within his 10 Circular Road residence throughout the day as the raids targetted properties acquired through alleged dubious deals by his family members including his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons.

However, shortly after Lalu's tweet, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha appeared to have launched a damage control, saying the reference to "new alliance partners" was an allusion to how the BJP had picked up Income Tax department and CBI as its partners to harass political rivals. "There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion", a senior official said.

As RJD, the largest party of the ruling coalition, was facing allegations, Kumar must tell the people whether the allegations were true or false, said Paswan, the union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution. He alleged that Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, had failed to disclose these assets in her election affidavit and demanded that the Election Commission take action against her.

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Vivek Nagpal, a hawala operator against whom the CBI and the ED have lodged cases, handed over his firm KHK Holding Pvt Ltd to Lalu Prasad's family in 2014, the BJP leader claimed. Let's wait to see what IT gets in the raids or if it is only a part of pressure against opposition leaders like Lalu Prasad, who have been attacking the RSS, BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, whose Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secualar is a ally of the NDA, said it was a raid against corruption and it should be viewed like that. "But this is a fact that opposition leaders are in the BJP's target", he added.

Ravi Shankar Prasad had also alleged that all the companies owned by Lalu and his family members had no employees, business activities or turnover. "Whatever is happening today. sometimes with (Samajwadi Party leader) Akhilesh (Yadav), sometimes with (Odisha Chief Minister) Naveen Patnaik, sometimes with Laluji, Chidamabaram, (Delhi Chief Minister Arvind) Kejriwal", Mamata told reporters.

"In its three years in power, the BJP has given an honest, scam-free government, a decisive leader and pro-poor thrust on governance", said power minister Goyal.

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